The assembly of iPhones in India has been seriously disrupted as tensions with China continue to increase, a new report reports. Components coming from China are said to have been kept in Indian customs in what appears to be the latest worsening of the fallout from a disputed border between the two nations. As we noted earlier today , India appears to retaliate for last month ‘s killing of Indian soldiers in a border battle with China.
India recently banned many of the country’s popular Chinese applications, with both Apple and Google withdrawing the applications from their stores to comply with the ruling. Reuters notes that India is subjecting “additional attention” to imports of the iPhone components.
India ‘s increased import scrutiny from China has disrupted operations at Apple supplier Foxconn plants in southern India, three sources told Reuters, and other international companies are also facing delays as tensions build up between the two countries. Since deadly clashes at the disputed Himalayan border last month, customs officers at Indian ports have kept off shipments from China and sought additional clearances. They conducted checks without any formal order. Economic Times estimates that Chinese imports are physically tested for 100 per cent. Much of Foxconn ‘s iPhone production work has been brought to a halt without the parts.
Further context can be found in our earlier article about the conflict. It’s not a perfect time for Apple at a time when it’s said that iPhone 12 development is one to two months behind budget. While the iPhone assembly in India includes older models, it will add to the supply difficulties of the company as it seeks to maximize revenue from existing models to help fill a probable gap in availability for its new flagships. It’s also another hit for Foxconn at a time when, as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, it is still anticipating an “énorme” effect on smartphone demand.